Alina Protopopescu

Alina Protopopescu, BA, BSc
McMaster University

Alina Protopopescu is a third-year, Ph.D. Candidate in the Research and Clinical Training Stream in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University. She received her undergraduate degrees from McMaster University and Brock University in Honours Biology and Honours Psychology before entering her Ph.D. in 2016. Her doctoral work focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder and its relations with emotion regulation, moral injury, and other psychiatric symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety, dissociation, and cognition) and how these symptoms impact treatment outcomes in military personnel, veterans, and public safety personnel. Moreover, Alina has demonstrated her ongoing commitment to advocating and working with those who have experienced sexual violence through her longstanding volunteer commitments. She also is the 2018-2019 Student Representative for the Canadian Psychological Association Traumatic Stress Section, which aims to promote evidenced-based assessment and care for trauma survivors. Overall, Alina’s ultimate career objective is to become a clinical psychologist, who will work primarily with those with traumatic stress disorders.

Research at HRI:

Characterization of individuals receiving treatment for PTSD

Testing Goal Management Training (GMT) among veterans, military members and first responders with PTSD

Evaluating new tools for the assessment of moral injury


An open-label feasibility trial examining the effectiveness of a cognitive training program, Goal Management Training, in individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (accepted manuscript)
Boyd, J.E. · O’Connor, C. · Protopopescu, A. · Jetly, R. · Rhind, S. · Lanius, R.A. · McKinnon, M.C.

Dissociative symptoms mediate the relation between PTSD symptoms and functional impairment in a sample of military members, veterans, and first responders with PTSD  (in press)*
Boyd, J.E. · Protopopescu, A. · O’Connor, C. · Neufeld, R.W.J. · Jetley, R. · Hood, H.K. · Lanius, R.A. · McKinnon, M.C.

The relation between adverse childhood experiences and moral injury in the Canadian Armed Forces
Battaglia, A. · Protopopescu, A. · Boyd, J. · Lloyd, C. · Jetly, R. · O’Connor, C. · Hood, H.K. · Nazarov, A. · Rhind, S. · Lanius, R.A. · McKinnon, M.C.